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Yale Philharmonia performs with guest conductor Peter Oundjian April 25

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The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, led by guest conductor Peter Oundjian, on Friday, April 25, 2014. The concert, which also features the award-winning harpist Antoine Malette-Chénier, takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).

The evening will open with the Overture from Rossini’s one-act opera La Scala di Seta. Next, Malette-Chénier will join the Philharmonia to perform the virtuosic Harp Concerto by R. Murray Schafer. One of Canada’s foremost composers, Schafer is also an educator, environmentalist, scholar, and visual artist; he composed this concerto in 1987. Harp soloist Malette-Chénier is a winner of the 2013 Woolsey Concerto Competition.

The Philharmonia will conclude the concert with Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé Suites No. 1 and 2. Ravel described the music as a “symphonie choréographique,” or a choreographic symphony. The piece, full of lush harmonies and elegant orchestration, is considered one of Ravel’s most significant compositions. MORE

Published April 4, 2014
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New Haven Independent: Underperformed No More

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By Lucy Gellman

As mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen launched fearlessly into “Malorous qu’o uno fenno” (wretched is he who has a wife), a grin that fell just short of laughter spread from her face to her bare feet, rooted firmly in the floor.

Behind her, members of Cantata Profana joined the arrangement, swinging and swaying wildly to the words as if their instruments were mere – and necessary – extensions of their bodies. MORE

Published February 24, 2014
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Henry Kramer, Antoine Malette-Chenier win 2013 Woolsey Competition

_MG_0225-1Henry Kramer, piano, and Antoine Malette-Chénier, harp, are the two winners of this year’s Woolsey Concerto Competition. Kramer played Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.2, and Malette-Chenier played the Harp Concerto by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. The two will perform their winning pieces with the Yale Philharmonia during the 2013–2014 season.

Violinist Yoon Won Song was selected as an alternate winner in case (for whatever reason) one of the two winners cannot perform. Song played Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Two honorable mentions were also awarded: to Phillip Browne, horn, for his performance of Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No.2and Zhenni Li, piano, for her performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3.

The adjudicators of the competition were Peter Wiley, cello, Robert McDonald, piano, and Lawrence Isaacson, conductor and trombone. They noted that they “were impressed with the high level of performance of everyone involved.” The annual competition was held last Saturday.

kramer_henry_newHenry Kramer, originally from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, has been lauded as “triumphant” and “thrilling” (The New York Times) and “technically effortless” (La Presse, Montreal). He was a top prizewinner in the 8th National Chopin Competition and the 2011 Montreal International Music Competition. Most recently, Henry garnered the top prize and prize for the Best Performance of Strauss Lieder at the 6th China Shanghai International Piano Competition. He holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music, where he received the Charles S. Miller Prize for the outstanding first-year pianist. He currently studies with Boris Berman.

Antoine Malette-Chénier began his harp studies with Caroline Léonardelli, the principal harpist for the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Since 2008, he studied with Caroline Lizotte, second harp chair of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, at the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières. Antoine has won two first places at the Canadian Music Competition, two bursaries from the National Arts Center Orchestra, and first prize at two concerto competitions, which took him for orchestra tours as a soloist in Canada and Hungary. He was a guest artist for the 2007 Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and recorded for Radio-Canada the same year as a winner of the Young Artists Competition. Antoine was invited to perform at the 11th World Harp Congress in Vancouver in July 2011. He is currently a student of June Han at the Yale School of Music. MORE

Published April 17, 2013
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